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Apr 9, 2013 - Machu Picchu

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Excerpts from the Lonely Planet – Peru: For many visitors to Peru and even South America, a visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the sweet cherry on the top of their trip. With its spectacular location, it’s the best- known archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. In the high season, from late May until early September 2,500 people arrive daily. Despite this great tourist...

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Mar 30, 2013 - Machu Picchu

We could say the Salkantay trek was beautiful, but you’ll see that in the pictures. We were woken up each day between 4:30-5:30am with coca tea prepared by our cooks, then we’d spend 6-10 hours hiking in varying landscapes, then arrive at our camp already set up by the cook team and rest for the next day. Our hike started over 3000 meters above sea level surrounded by mountains. We continued our ascent in the first two days to reach over 4000 meters above sea level at the base of Salkantay Mountain. From there things started to get green as...

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Mar 7, 2013 - Machu Pichu

Hi, everyone I'm in Machu Picchu it is so beautiful here. It is located in southeastern part of they Andes. Macchu Picchu is one of they most ancient places in the country. It is so different here then for where I come from, Italy for example the food there is no gourmet pasta. But also I am so lucky to have the gourmet doche de leche with churros. It has Been majestic here. but now I have to leave.

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Jan 19, 2013 - Machu Picchu - an ancient wonder in a modern world

Today we are at sea again after our three-day off-the ship- excursion to Machu Picchu. I can describe the visit in two words: exhilarating and exhausting! Exhilarating in that until you actually set foot on the site, pictures really do not do it justice. Exhausting in that the air is thinner at 11,000 feet (Cusco) and 7,000 feet (Machu Picchu). We began our journey by bus to from the cruise port in Callao (port for Lima, Peru) to the airport. Then, an hour and a half by plane to Cusco. Once in Cusco, we were bussed to the hotel, El...

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Dec 25, 2012 - Machu Picchu

So we've seen and done Machu Picchu. As cliche as it is to say, it's warranted -- words CANNOT describe what we saw. I won't even try to describe it further; you'll see the photos. (which don't do it justice either) We took a bus at 5:30 AM to get there, because there are legitimate monsoons during night/morning here. (It's the rainy season and this region is a rainforest) However, the rain and clouds subsided at around 7:30. We hiked the Inca Trail, explored the site and even had time to relax and catch some rays. The hiking was steep and...

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Nov 18, 2012 - Machu Picchu

Saturday 17th We left Cusco to go to Ollantaytambo then we caught the 1pm train to Machu Picchu station at Aguas Calientes. The train journey takes 90 minutes, travels 43km following the river through the mountain valleys. Mountains tower above and jungle beside the river. We could see current settlements and Incan remains, all of which the Incan trail follows. Walked up to hotel at top of town. Left bags and walked down to explore town and markets. Had a beer and then it started to rain heavily so returned to hotel. Met in main square...

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Nov 14, 2012 - Super cool, mucho amazing Machu Picchu

On November 8th we all embarked on our 4 day, 3 night treck along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We walked a total of 45 km, conquered 3 mountain submits, trekked through rain, sun, and wind, reached altitudes higher than any of us had ever hiked at before, and made our way through both mountainous (Andes) and jungleous (Amazon) terrain. Pre-departure: The night before we left for our treck we met our guides and the group of 15 that we would be trekking with at 7pm for pre-departure meeting. Although we had heard great things about SAS,...

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Sep 21, 2012 - Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu

We have looked at dozens of pictures ... we have read the travel books ... we have talked to friends who have been to Machu Picchu.  With all of that, there is nothing that can prepare one for seeing the sanctuary for the first time.  Nothing.  It is truly and experience that leaves one in absolute awe ... of the engineering, the architecture and how the Incas had respect for following the shape of the stone. We were up at 5 in the hopes of getting to the top for sunrise. Although were inn the bus queue before 6, we didn't get to the top...

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Sep 14, 2012 - Machu Picchu

Trains, planes, automobiles, and boats to get around South America and the ride to our visit to Machu Picchu was grueling but amazing. What amazes me the most about Peru and the people here is that most of the people here from Incan times right to today live and build and work at an altitude higher than our highest peaks in the United States. Andrea and I have not gone below 10, 000 ft in almost a week now and we still find ourselves wheezing due to the altitude, but these people built one of the wonders of the world up at this altitude and...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Inca trail to Machu Picchu

Up at 5:00am to meet the Bus to collect us and take us to the beginning of the Inca Trail. Feeling slightly nervous as I've read all the information on how tough the trail is. Our group of 12 is assembled and ranges from 18 (Ellen) to early 60's (Wendell) who turns out to be amongst the fittest of the group. We comprise 3 Australians, 2 Irish, one Brazilian, one NZ and 5 Americans. We're accompanied by a guide David, assistant guide Janet, one cook and 21 porters (or Chasquis as we are asked to call them). Pleased to see the Chasquis have...

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May 19, 2012 - Homeys - 3460m

Spent next couple of days in Cusco it was nice to be settled for a while and it gave a few people time to recover from chest and tummy bugs. A quite virulent tummy bug has invaded the truck and it is my and Mollie's contention that it only /attacks people with no excess body fat. Headed backwards to a home stay in a small village called Raqchi where we were billeted 4 to a house.Our family was really nice with no English and our group had no Spanish. The ladies of the houses do all the organising but our family included Will..... and he...

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